Shiillong, Aug 30: Labour Minister Sanbor Shullai met Union Minister of Labour and Employment Bhupendra Yadav in New Delhi and urged him to sanction a special economic package for the unorganised workers from Meghalaya who are registered under the National Data on Unorganized Workers ( NDUW) portal as a mark of appreciation and goodwill gesture by the union ministry on the occasion of upcoming golden jubilee of statehood.
In a statement issued on Monday, the office of Shullai said the meeting held on August 27 stressed the need of empowering workers in Meghalaya.
Shullai apprised the union minister that even though economic resources are limited, the people in Meghalaya are hardworking and predominantly confined to unorganised sectors such as domestic workers, home-based workers, self-employed workers or daily wage workers, taxi drivers, vegetable and fruitsellers and others.
As per the Supreme Court order on June 29 this year, the ministry created the NDUW portal for online registration of the unorganised workers for seeking help from the Centre. “The labour department will be leaving no stone unturned to ensure that maximum number of unorganised workers/ labourers are registered on the NDUW online portal,” Shullai said adding that he is also encouraging the unorganised workers to obtain Aaadhaar cards, open bank accounts linked to mobile numbers for successful online registration.
“We will be educating the unorganised workers/labourers about the benefits of JAM (Jan Dhan Yojana bank account,Aadhar card and mobile phone linked to the bank account which was introduced by the government of India to facilitate Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to all the eligible unorganised workers/ labourers,” he said.
He urged the ministry for generous allocation of funds,guidance and handholding in executing all developmental schemes initiated by the labour ministry for the welfare and immediate benefits of all the workers in Meghalaya.